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Eclipse workshops at the Toronto Public Library

Eclipse workshops at the Toronto Public Library

We’re hosting workshops across Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library to help attendees safely enjoy the total solar eclipse on April 8 in several different ways!  Astronomers from the University of Toronto will help participants make their own pinhole solar viewers, look at…

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Maria Drout awarded Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

Maria Drout awarded Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

Prestigious prize celebrates outstanding achievements of early career astronomers  Even the closest stars in the night sky are trillions of kilometres away. But one University of Toronto professor’s shine in observational astronomical research is being recognized much closer to home.  Today, Prof. Maria Drout was awarded…

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Suresh Sivanandam appointed Director of the Dunlap Institute

Suresh Sivanandam appointed Director of the Dunlap Institute

From Fellow to Faculty to Director We are delighted to announce that one of the first Dunlap Fellows, Professor Suresh Sivanandam, has been appointed Director of the Dunlap Institute. Sivanandam aims to understand how galaxies evolve over billions of years as a function of their environment…

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Astronomers discover first population of binary stripped stars

Astronomers discover first population of binary stripped stars

An artist’s impression of a massive star stripping the hydrogen envelope of its companion in a binary system, leaving behind a hot, helium-rich exposed core. Credit: Navid Marvi, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science. New findings confirm existence of hot helium stars long thought to…

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Laurie Rousseau-Nepton discusses Indigenous contributions to her field on CTV’s The Social

Laurie Rousseau-Nepton discusses Indigenous contributions to her field on CTV’s The Social

“In the Innu culture and many cultures in Canada, we come from the stars and we also return to the stars” Astrophysicist Laurie Rousseau-Nepton says her research on how stars form and influence each other over generations is an extension of the knowledge passed down to her by…

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2023 SURP Student Spotlights

2023 SURP Student Spotlights

The annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in astronomy & astrophysics at the University of Toronto is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in astronomy, physics or engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research. Throughout the program students have the opportunity to: Experience what a career…

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Meet the 2023 Professor Mercedes T. Richards award recipient

Meet the 2023 Professor Mercedes T. Richards award recipient

Sophia Da Costa, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, was recently recognized by the Dunlap Institute with the second annual Professor Mercedes T. Richards Award for Excellence in Summer Undergraduate Research.  Supervised by Prof. Keith Vanderlinde, Da Costa designed, built and deployed…

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Documentary on balloon-borne telescope developed at U of T streaming now

Documentary on balloon-borne telescope developed at U of T streaming now

 Earlier this year, astronomers successfully launched a balloon-borne telescope that captured extraordinary images of the Universe on its first flight above the Earth’s atmosphere. The Super Pressure Balloon-Borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) was flown to the edge of space by a helium-filled NASA scientific balloon…

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U of T’s Jo Bovy elected to Royal Society of Canada’s College

U of T’s Jo Bovy elected to Royal Society of Canada’s College

Professor Jo Bovy, an associated faculty member at the Dunlap Institute, was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists this year.   The College recognizes mid-career leaders who provide the RSC with multigenerational capacity to help address…

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Inside the 2023 Dunlap Institute Summer School

Inside the 2023 Dunlap Institute Summer School

This summer, 36 emerging scholars in astronomy and astrophysics came together at the University of Toronto for the Dunlap Institute Summer School. We hosted undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students from across Canada, the United States, Chile, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, Denmark, Japan, the UK, and…

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